So this is getting even MORE interesting than I expected!
Yesterday it was reported that the cast members of Real Housewives of New York are at a salary standoff with Bravo and demanding massive raises. To prove how serious they were the ladies banded together and collectively refused to sign the contracts extended for season 6, which is supposed to begin filming on Monday!
Bravo retaliated by giving the women until TODAY to sign – or consider themselves canned! New details have emerged about the standoff, including The Hollywood Reporter confirming that it's very serious and very real!
It's already been reported that Pinot Singer got loaded and threatened to run off with the entire WWHL bar if Andy didn't pay her more, to which he laughed dangled a chilled pinot in front of her nose, and led her straight to his attorney's office where she signed on the dotted line. Translation: she tried to hold out for more money, was denied, and then finally agreed at the last minute to come back when Bravo didn't take the bait.
Well, now it seems ALL the ladies are making some big-time salary demands! And for the first time in recorded history the cast is getting along as they band together in a standoff with producers and Bravo! The show is supposed to begin filming Monday, but the cast is reportedly refusing to show up to work unless their salaries are upped according to TMZ!
Do any of you remember that show starring Jim J. Bullock from the early '80s called Too Close For Comfort? I loved that show when I was little! Well, something tells me that Bethenny Frankel is feeling a bit cramped in her current living situation, although it's not sitcom with the hilarious Monroe!
I'll be honest, I think the entire cast ofReal Housewives of New York needs to be revamped…and STAT. I was actually excited that Aviva Drescher and all of her neuroses wouldn't be returning, but of course Bravo had to pull a fast one on all of us! It looks like Pinot Singer will have someone to spar with after all!
While I'm not at all shocked that Bravo would pull a last minute rabbit out of its hat, I do have to commend Aviva for what she has been doing recently regarding the tragedy in Boston. I may not like to watch her on my mindless reality circuit (seriously, it's like nails on a chalkboard), I do believe that she always has the best (although often misguided) of intentions.
It's been quite a week for Bethenny Frankel, especially after Friday's hearing in her divorce from Jason Hoppy. Now, she's focusing on more positive things, like her upcoming talk show. The Bethenny Ever After star calls her hour-long daily sitdown "a public girls' night out," and she's not shy about the topics she plans to highlight…and those she plans to bypass.
Speaking to ABC about the premise for her show, Bethenny explains, “I just have found as you get older, women insulate a little more because they’re just so busy and have so much going on. They don’t really get the chance to really sit down and talk about their marriages, their money problems, their sex problems, infidelity issues. That’s what my talk show is about.”
Aaahhh.. the tale of woe that that is Real Housewives of New York casting continues. Taping allegedly begins in three weeks for the much maligned show, but the cast still isn't finalized!
When only three of the five members from last year's cast appeared at the recent Bravo Upfronts, it was assumed that certain ladies had been handed their walking pumps. It then emerged that most of it came down to a numbers game and salary negotiations.
Ramona Singer is definitely returning next season, but according to a new report she was fighting tooth and nail for a big pay bump before being summarily shot down and was threatened with getting fired.
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While her fate on the upcoming season of Real Housewives of New York was seemingly in limbo until recently, Sonja still needs to channel some creative money making schemes. Perhaps she should put her elegant Upper East Side townhome back on the market…oh, wait.